Archive for November, 2009

Chimwemwe Chinema missing eight years

Today is the eighth anniversary of the disappearance of Chimwemwe Mbwange Chinema. He was abducted by his non-custodial father from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They may be in Malawi.

Chimwemwe Chinema

Above is a picture of Chimwemwe. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minnesota Office at 612-376-3200.

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Maria Palomares missing fourteen years

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the disappearance of Maria Teresa Palomares. She ran away from her Selma, California home.

Maria Palomares

Above is a picture of Maria. If you can, please go to the link above and print out her poster. If you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact the Selma Police Department at 559-896-2525.

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Max-Gian Alcalde missing one year

Today is the first anniversary of the disappearance of Max-Gian Alcalde. He was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Margaret Jeanne Dunbar, from Boise, Idaho. They are believed to have left the country and may be in Mexico, Latin America, or the Caribbean islands.

Max-Gian Alcalde

Above is a picture of Max-Gian. Help bring him home to his father – if you have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Boise Police Department at 208-377-6790.

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Chelsea and Gerardo Morales missing eight years

Today is the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of Chelsea Mercedes and Gerardo Rodrigo Morales. They were abducted by their non-custodial father, Gerardo Morales Sr, from Ennis, Texas. They may be in Mexico.

Chelsea Morales

Gerardo Morales

Above are pictures of Chelsea and Gerardo. Help bring them home to their mother – if you have any information as to their whereabouts please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Ennis Police Department at 972-875-4462.

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Victor Nakada found safe

I have just received word from NCMEC that Victor Nakada has been found safe. I have resolved his case and modified his anniversary post so there are no dead links. If I find an article I will post it here. The new case on the site is that of Danae Nachtman.

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Tony and Yaribeth Toledo found safe

I have just received word from NCMEC that Tony and Yaribeth Toledo have been found safe. I have resolved their case and modified the anniversary post so there are no dead links. If I find an article, I will post it here. The new cases on the site are those of Kali Athukorala and Maximillian Hernandez.

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Family Fights Odds, Retrieving Kidnapped Girl

Child abducted to China by father

In New York, he had been an absent father and abusive husband who worked erratically at makeshift jobs. But his calls and e-mail messages from China, where he had gone in the fall of 2007 to teach English, promised his estranged wife that everything had changed. Their little girl deserved the chance to grow up in a two-parent family, he told her, and he sent them airline tickets to join him.

The day after they arrived in Beijing in January of this year, said the wife, Olivia Karolys, the husband, Rodrigo Karolys, took them shopping in a mall far from their hotel, and told her to get her hair done. She watched his reflection in the salon mirror as he held Lenora, then 2 ½.

Then suddenly they were gone.

This is a very long article, but worth reading. I’m glad to see Lenora back home from a place that typically does not extradite. I know of a few cases where children are abducted to China, and perhaps this is a good omen. (I’ll say the abductor keeping an online journal where he bragged about such things was an act of extreme stupidity, however.) Someone on a forum I belong to stated after reading this story it was all done because the dad had kidnapped the child. The implication, of course, is that is the only situation where the law will act. To an extent this is true. I have not seen as many cases where mom reports the kids abducted and the police claim to have their hands tied as is the case where the genders are reversed. Also, as I have said before, people tend to assume mom abducted for a good reason. In both circumstances, however, there are many cases where law enforcement acts right away and starts to look for the child and kidnapper. The biggest problem is the minimization of the effects of parental kidnapping. This effects law enforcement and the public equally. I hope that this article, along with high profile cases that are currently in the news, can bring some desperately needed light to the issue.

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Mixed feelings

I can’t tell whether it’s good or bad that I regularly get updates from a variety of left-behind parents who want to keep me informed about their case.

I can’t tell whether it’s good or bad that my entire facebook account is devoted to missing people, and I can tell you who every parent I’ve friended is looking for and details about their case.

I can’t tell whether it’s good or bad that when someone’s friend has their grandchild abducted, the friend who belongs to the same message board I do immediately messages me and asks for advice.

I can’t tell whether it’s good or bad that when any news story references a past parental kidnapping, I can usually tell who it is and what happened even if no details are given.

I do know, though, that it’s bad even with all the work I try to do, I still feel I’m running in place to keep up with the problem of parental kidnapping.

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New case on site

A new case has been added to the Adam Haseeb Memorial Pages, that of Tiffany Warrington. Please check out the link and help find this missing child.

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The fourth one this year

Jack and Duncan Connolly.

Christopher, Daniel, and Richard Sanchez.

Diana Alagha.

And now I must add Mitchell Romero to the mix. He was abducted by his father, who had killed his mother. It was an accident, sure. He was in a car in Mexico that rolled over. But that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.

This is too much to take. After all these dead children, why isn’t parental kidnapping taken seriously? What’s it going to take?

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